Upcoming Events

April

25 April 2018 - 26 April 2018

Risk Prevention, Crisis Management and Communications - Dubai, UAE in collaboration with APCO
Open Workshop
25 April 2018 - 26 April 2018
Venue: Allen & Overy, Burj Daman Building, DIFC - Dubai
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
Expect the unexpected and plan before a crisis happens

Crises are becoming part of everyday life, so we need to be prepared to deal with them.

This workshop is for Board Directors and C Suite Executives who have the liability and responsibility of the safety and security of their employees and customers, as well as the assets and the reputation of the organization. In a crisis, it is the CEO and the Board Directors who face the media so learning how to manage crisis communications and being prepared are critical.

This 2 day interactive workshop will cover:

Day 1
• The essence of Risk Mitigation and Crisis Management
• The 4 Phases of Crisis Management
• Brainstorming Session – Establishing potential risks for the region and/or company
• Media and Information Management
• Case Study: Managing Crisis
• Reputation Management

Day 2
• Crisis as marketing tool
• Innovational Thinking
• Simulation Exercise – Crisis in happy Land or in the “ We-can-do” company
• What else can go wrong?
• Back to the Future

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for senior board directors, board secretaries or C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or a Board Committee, the Senior Executives who have responsibility for the safety and security of employees and customers, as well as the assets and the reputation of the organization.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

Facilitators:
Dr. Bert van Walbeek


Dr. Bert van Walbeek has been an Hotelier for 45 years and Marketer of Tourism for 35 years, a Motivator and a Master of Disaster since 25 years and a lecturer for 15 years He is actively advocating pro-active risk reduction and re-active crisis management as well as the need for rapid recovery support planning on all levels, from vocational employees to leading executives and from Destination Marketing Organizations & Authorities to International Headquarters. He is also well-know as a speaker at many industrial and academic conferences and seminars, where his motivational and humorous manner of presentation were an inspiration for executives of like UNWTO, PATA, APEC and WTI . He is a renowned guest lecturer at Universities in China, Bangkok, Germany, Macau, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United Kingdom He created the crisis awareness brochure “ Expect the Unexpected “ , various educational & training modules on Risk Reduction and Recovery Management and co-authored with Dr. David Beirman the PATA publication “ Bounce Back “. His company, The Winning Edge, is presently handling Crisis Prevention and Recovery Management projects in Bahrain, China (PRC), Taiwan, Macau (SAR), Mauritius and, of course, Thailand.















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GCC BDI Risk Prevention, Crisis Management and Communications Workshop in collaboration with APCO

May

07 May 2018 - 08 May 2018

Improving your Company's Governance - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
07 May 2018 - 08 May 2018
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
OVERVIEW
This workshop has been designed for senior managers who have responsibility for the effective governance of their organizations. Typically, they may have responsibility for:

• leading and advising on best practices in governance, enterprise risk management and compliance
• ensuring effective board practices (in association with the Chair of the Board)
• maintaining an effective risk management system
• ensuring legal compliance
• promoting standards of ethical and corporate behaviour to safeguard organizational integrity
• balancing the interests of the board, management and other stakeholders.


WORKSHOP OUTLINE
This two-day interactive workshop has been designed for senior managers wishing to improve their knowledge and skills of governance. This two-day workshop offers a comprehensive overview of the duties of Governance Officers as follows:
 Overview of the duties of the Governance Officer
 Governance, enterprise risk management and compliance responsibilities
 Effective management of relationships
 Ethics and corporate responsibility

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This workshop is suitable for:
• experienced governance practitioners
• senior managers who have recently been allocated governance responsibilities
• board directors wishing to keep up to date with the latest corporate governance best practices.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

Facilitators:
Dr. Chris Pierce


Chris Pierce is a Senior Associate of GCC BDI and is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Governance Services (GGS) Ltd. based in London. He works with policy makers, directors and boards in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the US and South America. Dr Pierce specialises in corporate governance related consultancy and director education. Prior to becoming CEO, he was the Director of Professional Standards at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the UK. He has also held senior management positions in the Overseas Development Administration, British Airways and Leeds Business School. Chris is currently involved in developing the status of the Corporate Governance Professional in a number of different countries in association with the UK Institute of Company Secretaries – the Governance Institute. He has written many books. He is currently revising “Corporate Governance in the Gulf” that was originally published in 2012. The revised edition will be published in early 2018. In 2014, he was awarded the Bertin Medal in Sweden by the International Academy of Quality for his contribution to corporate governance globally over the last decade. Chris has a PhD. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators, a Fellow of the Caux Round Table and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.















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09 May 2018 - 10 May 2018

Mastering the Boardroom - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
09 May 2018 - 10 May 2018
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
Objectives:
The Mastering the Boardroom workshop addresses two of the primary objectives of the GCC Board Director Institute:
- To help build board member effectiveness and capabilities through the sharing of best practices and experiences.
- To create a regional network of board members by providing venues and opportunities to network between regional board members, professional advisors and senior executives.

Module design
- Throughout the course of this highly interactive workshop we aim to cover four broad themes. We first review the role of the chairman in building an effective board closely followed by succession planning. We then delve into risk management and strategy.
- For each theme a theoretical case study will be presented to encourage debate and discussion relating to personal experience and contemporary issues.
- We end each session reflecting on what we can do collectively and individually to improve effectiveness in our boards.

Participants will walk away with tools they can share with their board(s) in order to help ensure sustainability and longevity despite any challenges they may face.

This workshop will focus on 4 key areas of effectiveness for high-performing boards:

1: The Role of the Chairman
2: Strategy
3: Risk Management
4: Succession Planning

Who Should Attend?
Mastering the Boardroom is specifically designed for more seasoned board members with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, who have already completed the Foundations of Directorship workshop, and who are seeking to further develop their knowledge and professional development, and who can enrich the sessions by sharing their experiences with their peers.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

Facilitators:
Dr Chris Pierce


Chris Pierce is a Senior Associate of GCC BDI and is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Governance Services (GGS) Ltd. based in London. He works with policy makers, directors and boards in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the US and South America. Dr Pierce specialises in corporate governance related consultancy and director education. Prior to becoming CEO, he was the Director of Professional Standards at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in the UK. He has also held senior management positions in the Overseas Development Administration, British Airways and Leeds Business School. Chris is currently involved in developing the status of the Corporate Governance Professional in a number of different countries in association with the UK Institute of Company Secretaries – the Governance Institute.















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July

11 July 2018 - 12 July 2018

Risk Management Master Class - London, UK
Open Workshop
11 July 2018 - 12 July 2018
Venue: Allen & Overy Offices,  Floor 1 Bishops Square, London E1 6AD, UK
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
In the wake of the financial crisis, most risk governance frameworks have proved inadequate for the task. Companies are now required to strengthen their boards and broaden board representation. At the same time board directors must adapt to the extensive changes to both their regulatory responsibilities and their personal liabilities. The role of the board of directors in enterprise-wide risk oversight has become increasingly challenging as expectations from all stakeholders are at an all-time high. Risk is a pervasive part of everyday business and organizational strategy, but the complexity of business transactions, technological advances, globalization, the speed of product cycles, and the overall pace of change have increased the volume and complexities of risks facing organizations over the last decade. Boards have a difficult task in overseeing the management of increasingly complex and interconnected risks that have the potential to devastate organizations overnight. At the same time, boards and other market participants are under greater scrutiny with increased focus on the effectiveness of board risk oversight practices.

This 2 day workshop will be highly interactive with case studies and board activities. It will cover:
• Risk Management and Corporate Governance
• What is required by regulation and codes
• The role of the board v management in overseeing risk
• Common global risk standards
• Risk appetite and strategy
• Risk management best practices
• Risk identification, assessment, evaluation, monitoring and controls
• The 3 Lines of Defense
• The Audit and Risk Committee and Internal Audit
• Risk reporting to the Board
• Anticipating the Unknown
• Cyber Security
• Risk Prevention and Crisis Management

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for senior board directors, board secretaries or C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or who report to

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

Facilitators:
John Crawley


John is a high-impact contributor with extensive experience in a range of disciplines including Finance, Risk Management, IT, HR, Strategy, Asset Management, Boardroom management and Business transformation, among others. He is a well-respected professional with 13 years’ expertise in running, as well as advising, businesses and boards in private and public sectors. He acts as a financial and risk advisor to a number of organizations and is an expert trainer for the Institute of Risk Management.















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August

01 August 2018 - 02 August 2018

Best Practices for Governing Business Cyber Risk - London, UK
Open Workshop
01 August 2018 - 02 August 2018
Venue: London
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
Company data holds acute importance for every business. The rising threats in information security incidents and cybercrime makes this a critical requirement and a key risk for any business today.

Recent surveys show that board directors view cybersecurity as a serious threat and among the biggest corporate challenges that need more attention. Board directors need to better understand the risks and how to oversee them. This workshop is essential for every board.

Objectives of this workshop:
• Better understand the risks and latest trends in cyber attacks
• Understand cyber security best practices
• Understand the role of the board
• Learn how to design and implement an effective cyber-security governance strategy

This 2 day interactive workshop will cover:
• Why is cyber security so difficult to manage?
• Who and what is it that threatens us?
• Introduction to a Cyber Security - Incident Scenario (I)
• Cyber-Security Best Practice Frameworks
• Recent Cyber-Security events in the news.
• Incident Scenario (II)
• Identifying & ‘right-sizing’ your cyber risks
• Designing an effective Cyber-Security Governance Strategy
• Incident Scenario (III)
• Incisive questions and powerful tools: getting ready for next steps

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for senior board directors, board secretaries or C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or a Board Committee, the Senior Executives and anyone who has a responsibility for cyber security.

Facilitators:
Richard Cross


• Richard is a global senior executive and facilitator with multi-national experience. He assists clients with developing risk management frameworks, conducts specialist risk assessments, and provides risk training • He has broad experience in many industry segments, having worked internationally in some of the largest finance, petrochemical, automotive, financial messaging and government intelligence organisations. Core to this experience has been the C-Level managing of specific risks; security, competitive intelligence, governance, strategy and the umbrella discipline of Enterprise Risk Management. • He was previously the Deputy Chief Risk Officer for SWIFT, and the Chief Intelligence Lead, Head of Corporate Risk and Chief Information Security Officer for Toyota Europe. He has also held senior executive IT Security positions at EXXON Mobil and HM Customs & Excise. • He has an MSC in Behavioural Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.















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September

09 September 2018

The Board Secretary Role - Governance & Decision Making - Manama, Bahrain
Open Workshop
09 September 2018 - 13 September 2018
Venue: Manama
CPD Points: 0
Price (Members): 0 USD
Price (Non-Members): 0 USD

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October

15 October 2018

Family Governance - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
15 October 2018 - 15 October 2018
Venue: Khoshaim & Associates, 17th Floor, Tower B, Olaya Towers,، Riyadh Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2500 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2750 USD

Description:
Overview
Business Families are significant contributors to the world’s economy. Developing and improving the corporate governance of a family business contributes to improved performance and access to finance while increasing the odds of survival through generations. The alignment of different interests leads to consensus harmony inside the family as well as the enterprise. The implementation of an effective governance structure, regulating rights and obligations, avoids misunderstandings and favours the alignment of interests. Corporate governance practices provide a means for ensuring sustained company performance and embedding the values of accountability and transparency in organizations. Developing and improving the corporate governance of a family business contributes to improved performance and access to finance while increasing the odds of survival through generations.

This one-day workshop will cover:
• What is Family Governance and why it is important
• Family communications
• Family Councils and Family Offices
• Governing policies
• Legal structures
• Succession planning

THE PROGRAM OUTLINE
Designed specifically for family business owners, relatives and directors, GCC BDI Family Governance Program is a one-day learning and networking forum that aims to:
• Delve into the fundamentals of family business governance, including the parameters of corporate governance methodology for family owned companies, the structure and functioning of the board and developing family governance structures and policies such as a family council and a family constitution.
• Provide insights into leading practices that enable family businesses to professionalize the business and prepare for succession.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
• Family business founders and/or owners;
• Family members involved in management;
• Board members of family businesses; and CEO/MD of family firms.
• Several members of the same organization or family are encouraged to attend.

Facilitators:
ZAYED KHOSHAIM


Zeyad is the Managing Partner of Khoshaim & Associates and Partner, Allen & Overy. He is a New York & Saudi Arabian qualified lawyer who specializes in advising corporate multinationals in structuring and financing major projects, joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions in the KSA. Since 2003, he has advised and led on some of Saudi Arabia’s most high profile energy, petrochemical & healthcare related projects. He is also actively engaged in advising leading commercial and investment banking firms in KSA.
JANE VALLS


Jane is the Managing Director at GCC Board Directors Institute. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Ethics Institute of South Africa. Jane has held senior management and board positions with international companies and over 30 years’ experience in aviation, hospitality and ITC sectors. Her other areas of expertise include: corporate governance, business ethics, leadership, consultancy and training, strategy and organizational development.












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16 October 2018

Managing Conflict of Interest - Riyadh, KSA
Open Workshop
16 October 2018 - 16 October 2018
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 8
Price (Members): 2500 USD
Price (Non-Members): 2750 USD

Description:
Board members have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the organization that they serve in an ethical manner. Some aspects of good governance, such as the management of a conflict of interest, are based on the circumstances and can involve a subjective assessment. Regulations require directors to declare their interests, so it is important to know how to manage this complex area.

This 1 day interactive workshop will cover:
• What constitutes a conflict of interest
• Case studies and examples of conflicts of interest
• Boards and Directors Roles and Responsibilities in relation to such conflicts
• Legal Duties of Boards
• Dealing with dilemmas: practical steps for managing conflicts of interest
• Global trends and best practices for dealing with conflicts of interest

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for senior board directors, board secretaries or C Suite Executives who sit on a Board or who report to the Board.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

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November

14 November 2018 - 15 November 2018

Foundations of Directorship - Dubai, UAE
Open Workshop
14 November 2018 - 15 November 2018
Venue: Dubai, UAE
CPD Points: 16
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
OVERVIEW:
The Foundations of Directorship is a 2-day workshop which deals with contemporary issues and challenges that typically face GCC boards today. Through discussions and pragmatic experience-sharing, facilitators and participants explore and analyse potential solutions, tools and effective practices.

OBJECTIVES:
- The workshop addresses two of the primary objectives of the GCC Board Director Institute:
- To help build board member effectiveness and capabilities through the sharing of best practices and experiences;
- To create a regional network of board members by providing venues and opportunities to network between regional board members, professional advisors and senior executives.

This interactive workshop is built around the six pillars of Board Effectiveness.
1. Board composition and directors’ capabilities
2. Director duties and responsibilities
3. Board structure, processes and protocols
4. Delivery on roles of the board
5. Effective board dynamics
6. Board review and renewal

Who Should Attend?
This workshop is suitable for board directors with a minimum of 3 years experience but also for seasoned directors wanting to update themselves on the latest trends for boards.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

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December

12 December 2018 - 13 December 2018

Mastering the Boardroom - Manama, Bahrain
Open Workshop
12 December 2018 - 13 December 2018
Venue: Riyadh
CPD Points: 14
Price (Members): 3780 USD
Price (Non-Members): 4200 USD

Description:
Objectives:
The Mastering the Boardroom workshop addresses two of the primary objectives of the GCC Board Director Institute:
- To help build board member effectiveness and capabilities through the sharing of best practices and experiences.
- To create a regional network of board members by providing venues and opportunities to network between regional board members, professional advisors and senior executives.

Module design
- Throughout the course of this highly interactive workshop we aim to cover four broad themes. We first review the role of the chairman in building an effective board closely followed by succession planning. We then delve into risk management and strategy.
- For each theme a theoretical case study will be presented to encourage debate and discussion relating to personal experience and contemporary issues.
- We end each session reflecting on what we can do collectively and individually to improve effectiveness in our boards.

Participants will walk away with tools they can share with their board(s) in order to help ensure sustainability and longevity despite any challenges they may face.

This workshop will focus on 4 key areas of effectiveness for high-performing boards:

1: The Role of the Chairman
2: Strategy
3: Risk Management
4: Succession Planning

Who Should Attend?
Mastering the Boardroom is specifically designed for more seasoned board members with a minimum of 5 years’ experience, who have already completed the Foundations of Directorship workshop, and who are seeking to further develop their knowledge and professional development, and who can enrich the sessions by sharing their experiences with their peers.

Please note that effective from 1 January 2018 5% VAT will be applied to all workshops in UAE and KSA.

Facilitators:


















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